A Cavalier History of Surrealism by Raoul Vaneigem

By Raoul Vaneigem

A down-and-dirty survey of the surrealist circulate written by way of prime situationist theorist Raoul Vaneigem. Vaneigem’s comic strip bars no holds, blistering on surrealism’s creative and political aporias, and filled with telling quotations, it provides appreciate the place admire is due, laying off loads of mild on situationist attitudes, unfavourable and confident, in the direction of their surrealist predecessors.

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Peret chose Mexico. The only Surrealism known in the United States was the "Avida Dollars" version. With hel p from Marcel Ducham p, Breton contrived to produce a review, VVv, in which he publ ished "Prolegomena to a Third Surrealist Man ifesto or Not" ( 1 942 ) . POST-WAR YEARS After 1 945 Surrealism began firing i ts last salvoes. It lived on with­ out achieving clearer definitio n . The movement turned its attention in a more determined manner towards mysticism and alchemy, while its pol i tical effusions betrayed growi ng confusion and vapidity.

No more threesomes . Between the two felons all that remains are two chestnuts-the former juicy divine oranges have shrivelled into a pair of pitiful dried-up conkers, and the Christ is just a pathetic empty vessel. Before leaving the subject o f the critical avenues which were suitable for exploration by Surrealism in its revolutionary specificity, 42 but which were barely entered upon in practice, it is worth citing one quite exemplary demonstration of the popular character of anti­ Christian feeling.

Once revolution had been crushed from Berl i n to Kronstadt, via La Courtine and the plains of the Ukra i n e , Dada alone conti nued to demand, unabashedly if confusedly, the global destruction o f art, philosophy and culture as separate spheres and their realization i n the context o f a uni tary social l i fe. The gui l ty conscience of Surrealist reformism is testimony to this global revolutionary project, which the movement rejected only with great reluctance and i n deed con­ tinued to embrace i n a repressed form .

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